Anyone who has said otherwise does NOT really know how to play. #LetsArgue
Imagine this, you’ve just spent hours before the game talking shit to your opponents. I mean, you’ve been GOING IN. You’ve called them trash and even swore on a higher being that your body will become a part of the chair before they are able to get you up out of it…on GAWD!
But now the score is really close and all you need is one book to make it. You play your card, have a great feeling about it winning but then your partner cuts you and never makes another book afterwards.
How does that feel?
True spades players are probably shouting at the screen right now. Others are shrugging it off with the nonchalant chant “It’s just a game”. But is it really just a game, Susan?! Or do you just suck and need a way to water down your suck-y-ness?!
Either way, here is why Spades is so much more:
Spades is a bonding mechanism
Think about all of the functions that would have been social torture if there was not a spades game present. Spades expedites the meeting process and allows you to engage with strangers in ways that you would not normally do at a gathering. The partner pairing and first sit down is like an interview, you run each other’s playing resumes and come to an agreement on which rules will be followed. (Does anyone in the south know how to play with the deuce of diamond or nah?) After a few hands, you begin to warm up to each other and start understanding the patterns in which the two of you play. Once you win, you two will be laughing and talking smack like BFFs! All within an hour! Try bonding with someone like that, in that time frame at regular party. *insert side-eye emoji*
Spades show people’s true selves.
By simply playing a game of spades with someone, you can learn their temperament, patience, loyalty, attention span and observation to detail.
In one game you can tell who is truly confident by the way they handle their cards and interact with their partner. You can even tell how loyal they are BY how many partners they’ve had, especially if those people are present but don’t want to play with them. You will learn who folds easily under pressure and who has issues with confrontation if questioned about their books or possible renig, etc.
Because spades always tend to become an emotional/ego centered game, people are unable to hide their true colors, which is exactly why it is great for socialization.
*Also, whoever is chosen to be the scorekeeper, especially if it is consistent, is usually the most trusted out of the group. I’m just saying.
Spades is a rite of passage
The game of spades isn’t something that you can just jump into without proper preparation. Sure, you can get schooled here and there, download an app or two to play on your phone but nothing prepares you for the “Real Table”, which is equivalent to being a child and wanting to sit at the “Big Kids Table” and then the “Adults”.
THERE’S LEVELS TO THIS SHIT, MAN!
You can’t come fresh-faced, bright eyed and bushy tailed to a real spades players’ table and not expect to leave with your feelings hurt, ego shattered and a possible bruise from someone flipping the table after your dumb-ass said you knew how to play but kept throwing off when you should have been cutting! You have to earn your chair at the cookout, fool!
Spades is a culture
Speaking of cookouts, name one that you’ve been to that didn’t involve spades, drinks and somebody’s uncle who doesn’t play but likes to watch. I’ll wait. On second thought, I won’t because you can’t. Spades is just as much a part of the culture as Shea Butter and Nike.
So the next time you hear someone say, “It’s just a game”, know in your heart of hearts that the individual does not truly know how to play spades and is trying to save face. Only people who can’t win games downplay them. And if you don’t know how to play then at least learn how to take score. You don’t have to be a buzzkill and useless.